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'To Bless All Mankind'

God-inspired moderation

From the October 5, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Originally printed in The Christian Science Monitor, August 3, 2015.

One of my favorite political analysts typically presents a moderate, balanced assessment of issues. He can be definite about what he feels is right or wrong, but his views generally reflect an evenhanded perspective.

In these times of political polarization and extreme viewpoints, a balanced view of events is especially welcome. It brings to thought a Bible verse from the New Testament that says: “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand” (Philippians 4:5). I like to think of this in connection with another verse, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

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Of course, to be humanly moderate about everything isn’t what it means to have the mind that was in Christ Jesus. The Way-shower didn’t display merely an attitude of the human mind. He surrendered to God, the one divine Mind. You might say that Jesus showed us moderation from a spiritual standpoint. For example, he didn’t compromise with wrongdoing. He was clear and unequivocal about the importance of worshipping the one God and being obedient to divine law. Yet by doing so he by no means excluded moderation. That’s because God is also Love, as the Bible says. Jesus instructed us to love one another. He taught and illustrated forgiveness. He showed that the Mind we are to express—the Mind we actually do express as God’s children—is infinite Love.

The teachings of Christian Science turn thought away from the divisiveness of many personal minds and clashing personal opinions to the only Mind there really is and to the true nature of man as the spiritual image of divine Mind. In the Mind that is Love there is no hard-line push of personal will. There are no harmful, entrenched views struggling for control. Infinite Mind causes only harmony, and it blesses all.

To express a God-inspired kind of moderation isn’t to be wishy-washy, devoid of conviction. Nor does it mean that we’re giving up our individuality. It’s to exchange a personal sense of ego for a recognition that God, the one all-wise creative power of the universe, is the only true Ego and the actual governor of man. The government of divine Love doesn’t include an intransigent attitude of hatred or intolerance; it doesn’t include selfishness or extremes.

Christian Science discoverer, Mary Baker Eddy, writes: “When the divine precepts are understood, they unfold the foundation of fellowship, in which one mind is not at war with another, but all have one Spirit, God, one intelligent source, in accordance with the Scriptural command: ‘Let this Mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus’ ” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 276).

Prayer that’s inspired by a conviction that the divine Mind truly governs can encourage moderation and can help us all take steps in a productive direction.

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